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    where can I get the rubber magnetic band of a kitcenaid old refrigerator

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There supposed to.Dont worry ,its a normal thing and will cycle on & off.You may have a switch inside that will say on it "to reduce moisture ".

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Hello, Thank You for using FixYa. I will be helping you today.If it is hot to the touch it is either because the condenser fan failed or the condenser is dirty.Check the fan in back of the unit make sure it runs when the compressor is on. If it doesn't run with the compressor replace it. If it does then you need to clean the back vents in the cardboard and under the front of the unit. One of these will correct your issue. This area should be warm at times just not hot. It prevents moisture.
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